Monday, November 5, 2012

Allergies, Itching and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats

While humans often display respiratory symptoms such as sneezing and eye irritation from allergies, common symptoms of allergies in dogs and cats are excessive scratching, licking, chewing, rashes, hot spots, hair loss and even digestive upset. Generally, when a dog or cat is scratching excessively, the first thing we think of is that the pet has fleas. It is always a good idea to rule this out first by consulting your veterinarian or checking the pet’s coat with a flea comb for fleas. Once you are sure it is not a flea problem, more than likely your cat or dog may have some allergies. 

Allergies in dogs or cats can be caused by inhaled allergens (e.g. pollen), food (e.g. dairy, eggs, etc.) and/or external allergens (e.g. exposure to chemicals in carpet, etc.). One of the fastest ways to improve your pet’s health is to change your pet’s diet. Many dogs are allergic to certain meat proteins (beef and eggs are common) and common allergens such as corn, soy and wheat. If possible, the optimal diet for your pet is a homemade diet using easily digestible, low-allergen foods. 

Allergies in dogs and cats are a symptom rather than a cause in themselves. They often occur as a result of the long-term build-up of toxins and so the goal is to detoxify the body and enhance the immune system as well as to treat the overall allergy symptoms. An air purifier can be very helpful in reducing environmental allergies. Our natural anti-infection formula can be used topically to help heal hot spots. Sometimes allergy testing and desensitization is effective, although rarely 100% effective, in eliminating allergies in dogs and cats.


1) Allergies are cumulative. In other words, a pet may have both food and environmental allergies but the symptoms only become noticeable during certain times of the year. This doesn't mean your pet may not have allergic reactions all the time. It just means that the situation builds up similar to a balloon that fills up with air until it pops. In your pet’s case, it may mean that all of a sudden your pet has hot spots or starts chewing on its paws or rear end during the hot summer months but most likely has underlying digestive issues all year round. Is your pet "drawn" to the grass, showing signs of needing to get to the grass such as whining or pulling toward it? 

2) Cats and dogs may display allergy symptoms differently. Cats may have respiratory symptoms,  vomiting and other digestive disorders due to allergies as well as skin reactions. Dogs may have scratching,  itching, chewing on fur, ear infections, scooting on their rear end and weepy eyes. 

3) Most of the time, pets have BOTH food and environmental allergies. There is no one medication or supplement that will cure your pet's symptoms. Skin problems are tough and require a comprehensive effort. 

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